Celtics' Kyrie Irving: No black mask if you want me to pass

Celtics' Kyrie Irving: No black mask if you want me to pass

"I just think it's his team", Kerr said of Irving.

Boston's massive win streak will be tested when Golden State comes to town on Thursday night. The Black Mask! I scored that many (points for Cleveland) because I was just looking at the basket.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr knows what it takes to win at the National Basketball Association level. Golden State is next at 11-3, and Boston got good preparation for the game against a persistent Brooklyn team.

In 13 starts this season, the four-time NBA All-Star is now averaging 20.3 points, 5.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game in roughly 31 minutes of action per contest.

"You just want to keep this thing as pretty as possible but, hey, it's getting tougher and tougher the more aggressive I play", said Irving, who pointed out that he probably won't be able to yell as much as he'd like.

"Just finding his way and doing what he does, making big plays for us, coming through and sealing the game", Horford said.

Irving suffered the fracture below his right eye when he was accidentally elbowed Friday by Celtics teammate Aron Baynes. He fiddled with the mask frequently, but it didn't seem to affect his play much.

With the crowd chanting, "MVP", Irving found himself back at the line with 37.1 seconds left, hitting twice for a 106-96 lead that would finally prove to be enough.

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Reserve Joe Harris led the Nets with 19 points while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 16. Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert added 15 points apiece.

The pairing of Kyrie Irving and a protective mask is not a loving combination, to be sure.

Irving famously scored a then-career-high 41 points against the New York Knicks while wearing a black mask in December 2012.

"It's nearly like having somewhat foggy blinders on", Irving said.

The Celtics started 7 of 9 from the field to lead 17-4, but the Nets jumped ahead in the second quarter and countered every time Boston threated to pull away until the final minutes.

"We're just gelling together, and we're defending our (butts) off", Morris said.

In other National Basketball Association games Tuesday, DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129-113 victory over the Houston Rockets in Houston.

DALLAS (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 32 points in his hometown and San Antonio beat Dallas.

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